A look at the movie Arrival from the lens of narrative structure and empathy: how can we play with narrative structure to increase character/reader empathy? How does Arrival do it, and how does it work so well?
So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I've moved house and started working at an awesome new job so sadly the blog was left sulking in a corner for a while) and I rather rashly suggested you can…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description
Way back at the beginning of term (I'm in the Transnational Creative Writing Masters Programme at Stockholm University) we had an awesome workshop from Cassie Gonzales. She was talking about character needs and goals, as well as symbolism. Now, symbolism isn't something I'd really thought about putting into my writing before this point. Not intentionally, anyway.…Read more Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)
There's an age old debate amongst writers: do you plan, or do you pants? To plan or not to plan... that is the question - Definitely Not Shakespeare Well, I was firmly on Team Pantser prior to writing my first novel, for the following reasons: If I plan the story before I write it, it'll feel like I've…Read more Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter
In a previous post, we looked at the difference between writers and non-writers. A writer is anyone who puts pen to paper (or more likely, fingertip to key) and gets down the business of writing. You don't have to be published to be considered a writer, you don't even have to be good. You just…Read more Writing When You Don’t Want To Write
So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process took nearly as long as the writing process (which it should.) I had a few issues with my characters, that you might also have, so…Read more Problems with Writing: Characterisation